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How I brew coffee at home  by Maria


Basically,  I don’t make coffee at home.  I usually drink green tea


"The reasons are simple:

1) I like good coffee.

2) I am sloppy about measuring and brew time, and this invariably means a sub-par cup.

3) Despite running a coffee business, I do not usually have fresh coffee at home, and I don’t want to brew something old.

4) Going out for coffee is risky. Even if I pay $4 a cup (which is sort of ridiculous), I am...

"We're baaaack..."

Guatemala, Moka Kadir and Workshop #31 fans, today is your lucky day. These coffees are all back in the house.

Guatemala Antigua Pulcal Inteligente is an elegant coffee with mellow fruit notes and a sweet caramel/toffee finish.

Guatemala Proyecto Xinabajul - "El Mecanico" Mendez is very balanced with notes of baked fruit, white grape, caramelizing sugars and pistachio making for great drip and espresso.

Espresso Workshop #31 Level Three has returned and is a heavy, syrupy sweet coffee with chocolate, berry and citrus notes.

Moka Kadir is back as well with a dark, thick, smokey body like molasses. It's a wild dual-use coffee that has fruit nectar and bitter-sweet chocolate in the finish.

Kenyas are back!

 Kenya Kirinyaga Kirimikui Peaberry is such a complex cup, bursting at the seams with sweet citrus juice flavors. Acidity is definitely high as is sweetness. This one's a delicious brewed coffee and at 13 bags, only offered in 1 and 2 lb quantities.

Kenya Kirinyaga Kii AB is a Kenya with some restraint (is there such a thing?), and while fruit and spice notes come out in a cooled cup, acidity remains gentle and is not bracing. A nice, sweet, bodied Kenya cup, and one that challenges those who think Kenyas to be too "bold". More Kenya coffee to follow in the coming weeks. Be on the lookout for our first Guats tomorrow, and the return of Moka Kadir and a Workshop blend!

Coming Soon: The Behmor Plus roaster

The Behmor 1600 has always been a very popular roaster. It roasts up to a pound of coffee, reduces smoke, is easy to use and has excellent customer support through Joe Behm and his team. We were excited to hear about a new model. When Joe unveiled the Behmor 1600 Plus, it created some buzz because of it’s new and smart features. Behmor is also going to sell a control panel upgrade kit for those who want to install all the new features into their current Behmor roaster. A lot of folks have been asking about it. Here’s what we know so far….


Will it look different?

Aside from cosmetic changes to the control panel, the Plus will look the same as the current model, in fact, mechanically it will be the same trusty machine.


What are the improvements and new features?

  • You will be able to choose from two different drum speeds, 8 RPM and 16 RPM
  • ...

As promised...more new coffee

Ethiopia Aleta Wondo -Haraicho Station is a classic washed Sidama coffee from the washing station "Haraicho" with mouth-refreshing citrus notes, ultra bright acidity, and a complex bergamot-like floral aroma. It's a complex cup and with reverberating sweetness.

Brazil Pulp Natural Fazenda do Sertao is a bodied coffee, with no-frills sweet/bittersweet flavors that vacillates between rustic sugars and cocoa. It's a nice, basic cup, that works as SO espresso too.


Next week:

You can expect Guatemalan coffees including Antigua farms as well as coffees that are part of our "Proyecto Xinabajul". There is a chance that our first Kenyan coffees from the Kirinyaga district will be available as well, and our fingers are more than crossed. There's a lot to be excited about in the coming weeks, so be on the lookout for these exciting new additions!